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October 21, 2013

Around the Horn with Ryan Quinn, Mass. Maritime football

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What was his reaction to his touchdown record (four TDs in a game) being tied last week? “He’s happy for Gus (Stefan Gustafson). He almost broke my dad’s record for carries in a game. My dad had 42 and he had 39.”

Where did your father grow up? “Wakefield.”

Did you see him get inducted into the Mass. Maritime Hall of Fame in 2007? “I was there. It was cool. It’s something he’s always wanted.”

A couple of severe concussions limited you to just kicking in high school. How is your health? “I feel fine. No problems with my head. But I can’t play full contact. But this keeps me in the game. Doctors won’t clear me to play receiver or anything. I’m content with kicking.”

Any bitterness about all the pain you were in in high school and all the school you missed? “It was hard. I probably missed a month and a half or two months. I tried to learn from it. Last year I, taught kids about concussions and how it can affect your life.”

You are a triplet, what are your siblings up to? “My brother, Kyle, is a pole vaulter at Holy Cross and my sister, Ashley, goes to Colby-Sawyer.”

Did you think of attending the same school? “Not really. It was time for us to branch out. We still see each other a lot. It’s been OK. I still miss them a lot. I call 2-3 times a week. They love their colleges.”

What are your goals for this year? “My goal coming in was to get the starting job. Now just to help the team win and try to get into the playoffs.”

How are you doing academically? “I’m doing well. Everything’s good.”

What’s your dream job? “When I graduate, I want to become an officer in the Coast Guard.”

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